(CNN Spanish) – The South American table in the qualifying rounds is beginning to consolidate and tighten. Brazil qualified Qatar 2022 after their victory over Colombia. Ecuador continues in its firm step, Chile advances and eyes are on Uruguay and Argentina.
There are fewer and fewer games left and each point is worth gold for the teams looking for a place in the World Cup.
Brazil is the first South American team to qualify for Qatar 2022. They remain undefeated in the Conmebol tie. It is shaping up to be one of the favorites to lift the World Cup.
Tite’s team join Germany, Denmark and Qatar (host) as championship-qualified teams.
Peru 3-0 Bolivia (up for grabs)
Gianluca Lapadula, the star of Peru, scored a goal after 8 minutes of play. Christian Cueva extended the score in the 31st minute. Sergio Peña scored the third at 39.
Brazil 1-0 Colombia
Brazil, comfortable leader of the qualifying rounds, defeated Colombia in Sao Pablo, which was left with 16 points and remains in an uncomfortable position (in the playoffs, for now). With 34 points, he arrives at the World Cup in excess.
Luca Paquetá scored for the Brazilians in the 72nd minute.
Paraguay 0-1 Chile
An own goal by goalkeeper Anthony Silva overshadowed Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s debut as a coach in Paraguay and puts Chile in contention for qualification.
Ecuador 1-0 Venezuela
Ecuador defeated Venezuela with a goal from Piero Hincapié and continues its firm step towards qualification. It remains in third place, with 20 points, five less than Argentina, which plays on Friday.
Venezuela, meanwhile, does not leave the bottom of the table. He tried an alternative roster for this match, which could have achieved a draw, and Qatar will surely be an event that they will see on TV.
The pending matches
Friday, November 12
Uruguay vs Argentina (18:00 ET)
All matches on date 14
Tuesday, November 16
Bolivia vs Uruguay (3:00 p.m. ET)
Venezuela vs Peru (16:00 ET)
Colombia vs Paraguay (18:00 ET)
Argentina vs Brazil (18:30 ET)
Chile vs Ecuador (19:15 ET)
Peru is home to Bolivia, which with its two consecutive wins entered the discussion to reach the World Cup in Qatar, in what would be its second World Cup presence in history after the United States in 1994.
Date 13 will close on Friday with the Rio de la Plata classic between Uruguay and Argentina. The “Celeste” has a complicated present and, for now, is fighting for the playoff spot. In front he will have the current champion of America, who is second and who remains in doubt as to whether he will have as a starter Lionel Messi, that drags an ailment that prevented him from being present in the last two PSG games.
The date 14 of the South American qualifiers, meanwhile, will be played in full on Tuesday 16, with the outstanding clash between Argentina and Brazil, a rematch of the Copa América final after the failed meeting on September 5 in São Paulo, of the that were played just 5 minutes before being suspended by the Brazilian health authorities.
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South American qualifiers: Brazil, qualified for Qatar 2022